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How does bike sharing work?

It's as easy as Ride, Return, Repeat.

Ride any bike for a short trip
Return to any station
Repeat until your pass expires

How to Ride Boulder B-cycle

  • Purchase entry pass

    Choose a pass to fit your needs

    1. Boulder B-cycle offers various entry passes: Day Tripper, People’s Pedaler, Republic Rider, and Casual Cruiser.
    2. Day Tripper passes can be purchased at any B-station, online, or in the BCycle app (credit card required).
    3. All other entry pass levels are available online or in the BCycle app (credit card required).

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  • Choose a bike from any B-station.

    Using the BCycle app (all online passes):

    1. Make sure you have the current version of the BCycle app downloaded and that you're logged into your account, and that the app has access to your GPS location.
    2. Stand next to the station from which you want to release a bike, tap on that station's icon on the app screen, and tap the Get a bike button.
    3. Enter your desired dock number and tap the Checkout button.
    4. Remove the bike once the locks open (dock will start beeping after the bike is unlocked).

    If you have a B-card (select online passes):

    1. Press the silver button located above the row of colored lights on the right side of any dock holding a bike.
    2. Touch your B-card to the square behind the silver button.
    3. Remove the bike once the locks open (dock will start beeping after the bike is unlocked).

    If you do not have a B-card or the app, but already have an entry pass:

    1. Use the kiosk screen to indicate that you would like to check out a bike and select "keep riding."
    2. When prompted, either enter the mobile phone number associated with your account to receive a text code, or press "skip" to swipe the credit card registered with your entry pass.
    3. Choose a dock number and remove the bike.
  • Keep every trip short! Overtime fees start accruing after your free trip period is up.

    1. Adjust your seat (hip height works for most people), check the bike and go.
    2. Day Trippers and People’s Pedalers get the first 30 minutes of every trip free.
    3. Republic Riders get the first 60 minutes of every trip free.
    4. Overtime fees of $3 per 30 minutes apply to all trips that exceed the free trip period.
    5. Casual Cruisers work a little different: They pay a $2 for the first half hour of each trip, then $3 for each half hour after that.
  • Return your bike at any B-station. Repeat by checking out another bike!

    1. Return your bike to any B-station by pushing it firmly into an available dock.
    2. Watch for three rapid blinks of the green light and listen for three quick beeps. That’s your signal that the bike has been securely returned.
    3. Take an unlimited number of trips while your pass is active, but keep each ride short. Check out another bike using the app, the kiosk screen or your B-card.

More on bike sharing:


Bike sharing is different from bike rental. It's a transportation system that allows a large number of people to share a small number of bikes. This is accomplished through short station-to-station bike trips.

Once you purchase an entry pass, you can take as many short trips as you want for the duration of that pass at no additional cost. Trip limits are 30 or 60 minutes here in Boulder, depending on your pass type. Additional fees apply to all trips over that, encouraging riders to check bikes that aren't actively being used back into stations. You can watch the accompanying video for more information.

Boulder B-cycle is the operator of Boulder's nonprofit bike share program. To learn more about our nonprofit and all of our great sponsors, partners and initiatives, start with our frequently asked questions, browse our data and reports, or visit any of the other sections under the 'resources' tab to learn more.
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